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Fears as new Tesco opens in south Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 12:16 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010

SMALL traders in South Hampstead are on edge after Tesco opened an Express store on Belsize Road. The supermarket opened on Tuesday, leaving nearby food stores afraid they will be forced out of business. Residents are also worried the late-night shop whic

SMALL traders in South Hampstead are on edge after Tesco opened an Express store on Belsize Road.

The supermarket opened on Tuesday, leaving nearby food stores afraid they will be forced out of business.

Residents are also worried the late-night shop which can sell alcohol will fuel noise and crime.

"We are feeling very bad about Tesco opening and we are very worried because they are taking our business," said Abdul Adam from Savemore Supermarket.

"All the small shops around here are very worried because they only opened this week and we are very quiet already.

"We cannot compete with Tesco's prices and even if we could they have the brand name which makes it harder."

Resident Virendra Ahuja, who lives in Sheridan Court above Tesco, added: "We have mixed feelings. There have been two months of a lot of noise and disturbance while it was being built and we are just waiting to see now how they operate."

To celebrate its launch the new Tesco made a £500 donation to Age Concern Camden. Trustee of the charity John Shaw cut the ribbon to declare the store open.


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